Donate Life Texas

Eye and Tissue Banks Serving Texas

Referred to as “eye banks” and “tissue banks,” the organizations responsible for recovering corneas and tissues for transplantation are often separate from those that specialize in donor organ recovery.  Texas is served by several eye and tissue banks across the state.

The staff of these organizations are the compassionate and caring people who give hope to those facing devastating loss through the option of donation.  They help to guide grieving families through the donation process and to recover, prepare and transport donated corneas, bone, skin, tendons, heart valves and countless other tissues that give the precious gifts of sight, improved mobility and in many cases a second chance at life.

Eye and tissue banks are also active members of the donation community committed to educating the public about the need for donation and the importance of donor registration.  As Donate Life Texas Organizations, these dedicated groups often collaborate on community outreach programs.

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center

Headquarters:  6211 IH 10 West, San Antonio, TX 78201

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC), a subsidiary of BioBridge Global, partners with the Donate Life program to raise awareness about the need for tissue donation in order to enhance and save lives in our community and beyond. STBTC has a 45-year history serving the South Texas community. It recovers donated human tissue to help patients suffering from a range of conditions, such as severe burns or traumatic wounds, sports injuries, or individuals in need of reconstructive surgery. STBTC ensures that each donated gift makes the biggest impact possible and honors each donor and their families throughout the year.


Great Plains Lions Eye Bank

Office:  3601 4th Street, Suite BAB104-HSE, Lubbock, TX 79430

The Great Plains Lions Eye Bank, Inc. (GPLEB) is a non-profit organization founded in 1974 by the Lions Clubs of District 2-T2 of Lions International and affiliated with the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Its mission and goals are to reduce the waiting list for corneal transplant surgery, to obtain quality tissue for those with corneal blindness, to develop educational programs promoting eye donor awareness, to support healthcare professionals and donors families, and to promote research for the prevention of blindness.


Lions Eye Bank of Texas

Office:  Houston, TX

The Lions Eye Bank of Texas joins two key resources for sight enhancement and improvement. Lions Clubs have demonstrated nearly a century of commitment to fighting for the correction and rehabilitation of sight-threatening conditions. The Department of Ophthalmology at Baylor provides the clinical resources of corneal specialists and others to assist in oversight, training and quality management of eye banking and corneal transplants. These combined resources create one of the leading eye banks in the United States.


Lone Star Lions Eye Bank

Headquarters:  102 East Wheeler, Manor, TX 78653

TXLSLEB is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the preservation and gift of sight through the collection, processing, and distribution of human ocular tissue. Sight restorative corneal transplants offer those suffering from corneal blindness a new chance at a healthy and productive life.


San Antonio Eye Bank

Headquarters:  9150 Heubner Road #105, San Antonio, TX 78240

Founded in 1965 to meet the growing need for cornea tissue in San Antonio and surrounding areas, the San Antonio Eye Bank has helped restore sight to the blind for 50 years throughout South Texas.  San Antonio Eye Bank’s affiliation with TBI/Tissue Banks International, a global network of eye and tissue banks, ensures that cornea tissue not transplanted in our community can be placed with a patient who needs it in other areas of the U.S. or the world.


Transplant Services Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Headquarters:  5601 Southwestern Medical Avenue, Dallas, TX 75235

Transplant Services Center is a clinical and academic service center of UT Southwestern Medical Center which “completes the Circle of Care” from donation to transplantation by providing a full-service tissue bank which procures, processes, stores, and distributes tissue allografts.  These transplantable tissues include corneas, sclera, skin, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular allografts, which restore function, improve the quality of life, and in some cases even save lives.


United Tissue Resources

Headquarters:  Austin, TX

Since 1985, United Tissue Resources (formerly The Tissue Center of Central Texas) has maintained a centralized graft inventory of transplantable (allograft) human tissue, for hospitals and surgical centers in our area. Life-enhancing and often life-saving gifts of bone, skin, heart valves, veins, and connective tissue are recovered from deceased donors and made available for transplantation. This service is performed with the utmost respect and attention given to the needs of donor families.


Western Texas Lions Eye Bank Alliance

Headquarters:  San Angelo, Texas

The Western Texas Lions Eye Bank Alliance mission is the restoration of sight through the promotion and advancement of eye banking. Established in 1971 by the District 2A1 of Texas the West Texas Lions Eye Bank is one of eight eye banks in Texas.


Fort Worth Eye Bank

Office:  1307 8th Avenue, Suite M2, Fort Worth, TX 76104

Texas Donor Network

Headquarters:  Harlingen, Texas

The Texas Donor Network (TXDN) vision is to improve people’s lives by providing tissue donations for transplantation, research and education, while providing compassionate support to families through outreach and education.




Eye banks are accredited and certified by the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) and are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Tissue banks are accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and are also regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

These accreditation and regulatory agencies conduct routine and unannounced audits to ensure safety and regulatory compliance and adherence to the highest ethical standards.  Please visit the organization’s website for specific accreditation and certification information.